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Associate VFX Artist

Artist - Art / Animation - Carlsbad, CA, United States of America

Job Title Associate VFX Artist
Job Description

Founded in 2002, High Moon Studios is an award-winning studio developing for the Call of Duty® franchise, with past development on over 15 titles including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Black Ops Cold War and Warzone 2.0, Bungie’s Destiny 2: Forsaken, and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. We employ more than 170 people in Carlsbad, CA, a seaside city in San Diego County.

Great Games Start with Great People! This is a significant time in our company’s history – and one of the most exciting times to join us. We are building a culture of collaboration and seeking an imaginative, resourceful, and versatile Associate VFX Artist to join our team in Carlsbad, California. If you share a passion for developing groundbreaking worlds and player experiences, then this may be the position you’ve been waiting for.


  • Collaborate with the VFX Art Lead and other departments to deliver spectacular AAA quality visual effects.
  • Use sprite-based particle systems along with pixel and vertex shaders to build a wide variety of real-time special effects.
  • Use traditional visual effects software such as Maya, Max, Photoshop, Houdini, etc. along with proprietary tools to deliver high quality visual effects simulating real world physical elements.
  • Place and sequence the behavior of effects in game balancing Design and Art requirements.
  • Read and write script code to sequence effects.
  • Troubleshoot artistic, technical, and performance issues.
  • Collaborate with team members, production and management to ensure that project goals are met.


  • Production experience using particle systems and other forms of dynamic simulations.
  • Proficiency with Photoshop, Max or Maya.
  • Strong artistic ability as well as good technical knowledge.
  • The ability to communicate and work collaboratively with team members.
  • An awareness of console game budgets and technical constraints.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized mindset.
  • Be a continuous learner and ability to adapt to change.
  • A passion for video games.
  • 1+ years of Visual Effects experience for games, or equivalent real-time experience in film/television.


  • Programming experience in any language (C#, Python, HLSL).
  • A background in traditional animation.
  • Houdini, or other dynamic and fluid simulation experience.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do. At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to crafting a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.



Sector Art / Animation
Category Artist
Level Associate
Hours Full Time
Salary $24.04 – $44.47 USD per hour
Date Posted 10 June 2024
Recruiter Activision
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